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Chiapas and Other Distractions

The Amnesty Café - November 18, 2003

On November 18, 2003, at the Blue Moon Pub, The Amnesty Café presented "Chiapas and Other Distractions", a monologue written and performed by Lalo Espejo.

Lalo Espejo

Lalo Espejo is a Vancouver writer and performer whose political satire has appeared on CBC radio's 'The Early Edition' and 'Definitely Not The Opera'. Before coming to Vancouver, he was a journalist in Belize for two years, reporting on development issues. His travels through the Middle East, a year after the Gulf War, led to his first monologue, Mapless in the Middle East.

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"Chiapas and Other Distractions" uses the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico, led by Subcommandante Marcos, as a point of comparison for our media-saturated lives. Many political observers called it the first postmodern revolution for its deft handling of the media - a theme that Lalo picks up on as he examines the Marcos 'brand'.

Although the theme is a serious one, the monologue is rich with humour that emerges in the absurdity of the contrasts between the two cultures.

The monologue features a lively jazz score composed and performed by Patrick Pennefather.

The Latin jazz adds a kick to a monologue that incorporates Mayan parables and myths alongside the tension of travelling through a highly militarized zone during the time of the historic Mexican elections of July 2000.


After the play, we danced to the music of the band 'Cassava', supplemented by players from the group 'Cubanismo'.

Cassava1686 Lalo2
Marilyn1 Elena2
Cassava1695 Cassava1697w1 Marilyn2
Michael Renee1 Patrick Furey
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Cassava1690w1 Cassava1690 Dancers2
Cassava1687 Cassava1683
Cassava1700 Cassava1697w2 Dancers4
Cassava1691 Dancers3
Chrysanthi1 Chrystanthi2
Cassava1702 Elena3

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